Executive Leadership Team
Our Executive Leadership Team brings together many years of experience in multiple business disciplines from Investment, retail and private banking to loyalty and payments. Working with over 40 world leading technology partners, benefit providers, payment and banking networks we combine our vision and team building skills to provide a unique customer focused platform-as-a-service.
Simon Stimpson: CEO
Simon brings over 20 years senior IT deployment management experience to Life Champions, having worked with some of the worlds leading technology providers in various positions delivering enterprise grade banking, internet and digital marketing platforms. He began his career in professional musician before joining Anderson Consulting. He became one of the senior IT negotiators involved in more than 1,000 projects saving millions from the annual budget through re-engineering business practices. He was then head hunted to join SBC Warburg to reassess business process for global hardware and software deployments. After again saving millions from the operational budget Simon joined Cable & Wireless internet programme management team deploying enterprise grade global platforms for a range of brands from DMGT to xBox Live.
Clive Parrish: Banking Liaison
Clive is a Chartered Director and holds the Diploma in Company Direction awarded by the Institute of Directors. He has an Honours degree in Banking & Finance from Loughborough University and a Diploma in Management Studies. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers. Clive joined Midland Bank from school and was with them and HSBC for 30 years ending his career as the Area Director of HSBC, Isle of Man. He left the Bank in September 2004 to set up his own Business Coaching and Consultancy business. In addition to his consultancy work Clive has a small number of non-Executive Directorships. At Midland/HSBC Clive undertook a number of important roles as a Relationship Manager in both Corporate and Commercial Banking managing relationships with multi-national businesses, plc’s and larger non-listed businesses. In his later years with HSBC he managed several Retail branches in the North of England before moving to the Isle of Man where he was responsible for the bank’s retail operation, its international business and Trust Corporation and the relationship with the local regulators.
Jeff Dakin: Commercial Director
Jeff is Commercial Director of Life Champions Enterprise Ltd who have designed and built a global digital loyalty platform for membership organisations. Originally a weapons engineer with GEC then Marconi Underwater Weapons, Jeff was manufacturing manager for heavyweight and lightweight torpedo programmes for the Royal Navy. Jeff moved into IT with IBM in 1982 where he delivered the company’s first ‘KAN BAN’ (Just In Time) supply chain system before moving into IT Systems engineering and sales. He delivered sales solutions for mainframe and distributed application systems in the Health, Defence and Public Sector markets. As a senior IBM Executive he specialised in sales, marketing and business partner development positions throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa. As Managing Director Technical Services at Htec Ltd his team commissioned Exxon Mobile’s Global Loyalty platform. His business experience spans engineering, project, procurement, contracts, sales, marketing, client relationship management and business partner channel development. He has extensive commercial experience with large corporations; government agencies and value add partner channels.
Charlie Goulding: Chief Operating Officer
Charlie brings a multitude of skills to the table with the last 20 years being in executive roles. His core background has been in IT, spending 20+ years at IBM, leaving in 2005 to take up executive roles in smaller companies and start-up’s, to broaden his skills. During his years in the industry he has been pivotal in leading Operations, Sales, On-Line Loyalty, IT deployment, Manufacturing and Contract Negotiations.Recognised as a strong, natural leader able to persuade, motivate and drive teams to achieve business transformation along with profit growth in the most demanding circumstances. Impressive portfolio of experience, skilled in the areas of financial/commercial awareness, business growth and managing complex routes to market.
David Stenhouse: Chief Investment Officer
A Prize-winning business graduate, David has had a wide-ranging senior management career. With STC/ITT, as Director of Business Planning, Site and Corporate Change Management of a world-leading international Telecom company he led a Programme that increased sales per head fourfold, while leading the field in new technology. Head-hunted into the City, he spent eight years as a group director of Charterhouse (a banking, stock broking and private equity group). He has headed a leading Consultancy Change Management practice, specialising in business performance improvement and the management of M & As. Over 25 years he has designed and implemented many successful business performance improvement programmes, both in the UK and internationally. He currently combines his Life Champions’ role with that of part-time visiting lecturer at a leading University Business School (one of the top 5% worldwide), where he teaches Business Strategy and Change Management to MBA and post-graduate business students. An FCIPD, he has worked on several National Committees and Forums and is a Freeman of the City of London.
Sonale Nagale: Technical Architect
With over 15 years of web development experience, Sonyl brings to Life Champions the experience of architecting and implementing high-traffic and -availability websites, from AmericanIdol.com while at FOX Broadcasting Company to work on NBC Universal’s AppleTV apps. As Solutions Architect for Livefyre (recently acquired by Adobe) his work as a client-facing engineer solidified or renewed contracts totalling in the millions of dollars. While always keeping in mind the client use-case, he’s conversant with the design and product sides of the house, holding a BFA in Graphic Design and BA in Philosophy from Iowa State University, which trained him to not only analyse problems from their most granular level but also remain cognizant of the end goal: an impressively polished user experience. Priding himself on a holistic approach to engineering, his expertise in caching strategies, high-availability infrastructure, and vendor management makes him highly sought after in the software engineering world.
Tracey Newman: President of Lifestyle & Licencing
With over 24 years in the Sports Television Industry, Tracey’s experience ranges from the buying and selling sports content world-wide, to managing global television accounts on behalf of major sports federations and delivering international sporting events. Tracey started her career in the U.K. in 1990, with CSI Ltd., a leading sports television and production company, responsible for the global distribution of The Football League (the predecessor to The FA Premier League). From there she joined Orbit ESPN (an International partner of the ESPN Group) , as Vice President of Acquisitions, responsible for the acquisitions and programming of the sports channel and negotiating with the major Hollywood Studios on behalf of the Orbit General Entertainment Channels. Since returning to the U.K. in 1998, Tracey was appointed Vice-President Europe, ISL (the exclusive agent for FIFA & UEFA) managing the European Sales with a turnover of £50 million annually. She has since served as a consultant to WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) and Pitch International.
Will Hurrell: Global Group Account Director
Will has been in the communications industry for over 25 years. His reputation for creative solutions underpinned by consumer research resulted in a series of large media owners securing his employment. These included: Newsquest Media, Express Newspapers (Head of Special Projects) & IPC Media (Head of Media Solutions). In 2004 he jointly founded Media Circus, an Experiential & Partnership Marketing agency. Clients included: Warner Bros, EMI, The Crown Estate and the International Indian Film Academy. By 2008 Media Circus had merged with 3 other specialist communications agencies and Will headed up communication planning, clients included: Warner Bros, LG, Warner Holidays and Rotary Watches. In 2012 Will was tasked with managing the group’s failing contract publishing & media sales company Madison Bell. Will turned the business around through the implementation of new sales strategies including the expansion of digital and investment in consumer research.
Tim Higginson: Financial Leadership Team
Tim began his career in the management consultancy division of an accountancy firm and then lectured in management and systems analysis at Blackpool Technical College. In 1970 he was appointed Project Accountant for Overseas Containers Limited. He was then asked to head up the financial side of a new retail and merchandising division of Raybeck, a major publicly quoted retail conglomerate. After rationalisation this division was sold to Next, and formed into Mark One limited. Tim helped grow this company from a turnover of £8m in 1986 to £79m in 1994. From 1994 Tim has taken up a number of Financial Directorships with companies varying in Turnover from £500,000 to £10m.
Peter Stanhope: Financial Services, Media & Community Engagement
Peter has some 30 years’ experience of working in financial and professional services, including insurance, banking, derivatives, investment banking and personal finance. Peter began his career as an analyst in the Lloyd’s Insurance Market before moving into banking in 1988. In 1994, he moved into financial communications and since that period he has worked for organisations that have included LIFFE, PwC, Morgan Stanley and Barclays. The last four years have been spent at Nottingham Building Society where he has been responsible for external communications, public relations and internal communications. In addition he developed the Society’s community investment programme in 2010, called “Doing Good Together”, engaging staff, customers and the community with worthy causes across the Society’s heartland.
Jody Hardy: EA to the CEO and New Artist Development Manager
Jody Hardy has 15 years’ experience in the Music, TV and media industries. Starting her music career by setting up the Talent & Artist Relations Department for MTV Asia, Jody then relocated to the UK and transitioned into Tour Management, Publicist and Sponsorship management for various artists including Sigur Ros, Depeche Mode and Robbie Williams. After many years on the road, Jody moved into artist and event management Day to Day managing Katie Melua and has produced three major events for The Queen and Royal Family at Buckingham Palace, two charity fundraisers hosted by Simon Cowell as well as one off concerts, album launches and private parties.
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